Engine Company, Firefighting

Smart Water

Issue 04 and Volume 173.

ON FIRE ❘ by MICHAEL N. CIAMPO Firefighters are always going to rely on one major item—and that is water—to extinguish most of our fires. Whether it’s through a quick “can” job (pressurized water extinguisher) or a hoseline, water is our normal extinguishing agent. We often hear that “water always wins,” but don’t forget that sometimes we’ll have to rely on adding foam to our water or use dry chemical or Purple K extinguishing agents at some incidents. Most departments know how to get water from a hydrant, drafting tank, or pond, but do they know alternate ways of applying it for a faster and more efficient extinguishment? Attic Fire You may be operating short-staffed and encounter an advanced fire in an attic of a private dwelling. There may not be enough firefighters on scene to pull the ceilings quickly as the fire grows in intensity. Engine company personnel should…

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